Sprouts TherapyMusic Together
Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.

They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

photo Rebecca Andrew

Becky is the owner and director of Ohana Music Together® which she opened in 2003 and ran until March of 2017 when she decided to retire. Sprouts Therapy is now thrilled to have her on board as a Music Together teacher in her Kaimuki location. 

Becky received her BA in drama followed by a successful theatre career in New York with lead roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway and several Broadway touring companies. She also made numerous appearances on television and radio, including in Hawaii as The Music Expert on "Building Blocks for Tots" (KGMB 9 and The CW) in 2008 and 2009. Becky has made presentations on the effective use of music in the classroom for the Hawaii Assoc. for the Education of Young Children, Kama'aina Kids, The Seagull School, and "Read To Me International." She has also led classes for the state library system, HeadStart, and HealthyStart as well as MOMS clubs and Baby Hui's. Ohana Music Together has been featured in The Star Advertiser, Mid-Week, Hawaii Parent and Go! Kailua magazine. Among the awards OMT has won: Three times for "Best of Honolulu Family Magazine”: in 2014 and 2015 for "Best Place to Take Music Lessons", and in 2013 for "Best Place to Jam with Your Kids". Also for Nickelodeon’s “Parent’s Picks” in 2009.

In 2007, The Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ awarded Becky Music Together Certification Level I status for outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education. Becky is a member of the national "Early Childhood Music and Movement Association".

     
photo Lauren Koepke MT-BC

Lauren is a board-certified Music Therapist and holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy.

In clinical practice, Lauren has worked with developmentally and intellectually delayed children/young adults, geriatric patients (including those in hospice), all with various needs and severity. Currently, Lauren also works as the Music Therapist for Sprouts Therapy.

Lauren's primary instrument is violin but she also utilizes voice, guitar, piano, percussion, ukulele, and other small instruments.

     
photo Alastar McNeil

Alastar was raised on the island of Oahu and grew up surrounded by musicians playing ukulele and guitar. He became an ukulele luthier, and for a time he supervised a local ukulele factory. However, it was always his dream to be a full-time musician. He has accomplished that by playing all styles of music with many local bands, including iconic band Kupa'aina (along with his wife, Miwa who is a kiho'alu or Hawaiian slack key artist). 

Alastar currently tours in the Beatles tribute show, "Rain" playing George Harrison and loves how the show has challenged and improved music and acting skills. He has also been teaching ukulele and guitar for over 25 years. He prides himself in making learning a fun and entertaining experience and says, "If you can capture a child's imagination, there is no limit to what they can do!"

     
photo Miwa McNeil

Miwa was born and raised in Japan, but relocated to Hawaii when she became enamored with Hawaii slack key guitar and had an opportunity to apprentice with slack key master Raymond Kane.

Miwa played in iconic band, Kupa'aina as a kiho'alu (slack key guitarist) and for over ten years, she has performed slack key and ukulele for weddings and other special events. She and husband, Alastar, have a three year old daughter who naturally loves music.

     
  Alastar and Miwa McNeil

Both Miwa and Alastar will be teaching some classes. Alastar will miss a couple of classes (in order to fulfill his contract with "Rain" the Beatles tribute show) and having them teach together makes this go smoothly. 

     
photo Amber Wiley

Music has always been a passion for Amber. She has sung in choir, played trombone in a wind ensemble and plays guitar for pleasure, but her real focus, since the age of eight, has been piano (which she has now been teaching for 15 years).

Amber majored in music therapy her first year of college and observed the power of music to have a positive impact on focus, behavior and fine and gross motor skills. She has been involved for many years in childcare including being a nanny.

Amber recently left a full-time ministry position to move to Oahu with her husband, Justin (a Kona native). Amber passed the Music Together teacher training in August 2016.

     
photo Shelah Woodruff

Shelah doesn’t remember a time in her life without music. She sang hymns next to her mother, played “name that tune” with her parents in the car and stayed up late listening to her dad practice the trumpet and bagpipes. When she came “of age,” the question wasn’t if she would learn an instrument, but which one she would play! She began tooting the flute at nine years old and hasn’t looked back.

In college, Shelah studied flute and world literature, joined marching and concert bands, sang in an acapella group, taught flute to elementary students and played hand-bells. She enjoying every minute.

Now a mom of two small children, Shelah and her family love sharing Music Together songs. They perform dance parties or creative play at home, sing while waiting in traffic or at the doctor’s office, use songs to make up new stories and verses, and sing together at bedtime.

     
photo Eva Geueke

Since completing the 4-year professional Feldenkrais® training in 1987, Eva Geueke has been practicing and teaching the Feldenkrais Method® internationally in thousands of private sessions, week long seminars, many hundreds of week-end workshops and evening classes. Originally from Germany, where Feldenkrais® is fully embraced by the mainstream medical community, Eva Geueke has been a guild-certified Feldenkrais® practitioner and skilled Feldenkrais® teacher for almost 30 years. She has worked extensively with people with neurological problems: to mention a few MS, Parkinson and CP.